Wednesday, March 2, 2016

are algorithms people?


the question is presented by computer scientist and writer jaron lenier in a video.

my answer is yes (my "yes" is not tensed)

personhood requires reason, autonomy, sentience (free choice?). let's call these person-properties P. if so, an algorithm is a person if it's P-realizable.

why not?

P-realizability is conceivable & it doesn't violate any physical laws. 

the next question is more interesting: are H-people (humans) A-people (algorithms)?

(this answer needs another post).  

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